We received the following letter from Tara Rougle at the US Department of State. (Please note that there is no deadline for applying, since students arrive in January as well as Sept. and occasionally students need to change families at other points during the year.)
I’m a Program Officer at the U.S. Department of State’s Youth Programs Division. We would like to ask if you could share information about hosting international high school exchange students supported by the U.S. Dept. of State. We thought returned Peace Corps Volunteers might be interested in another opportunity to enhance cross-cultural understanding, but this time without leaving home.
Our international exchange students are competitively selected and represent the best and brightest in their countries. They also receive support throughout their exchange year from local coordinators and are required to give back to the community through volunteering in community service projects. We are looking for volunteer families to host these outstanding students who are up and coming leaders in their countries. The announcement below includes a link to an interest form where a family interested in hosting can provide their contact information so that a local representative can be in touch to explain more.
I thought you might also be interested in this article by the Department of State’s Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs, Evan Ryan, on hosting international exchange students: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/evan-ryan/hosting-an-exchange-stude_b_5493728.html . Feel free to link to this article as well.
I can also provide information about study abroad scholarship opportunities we offer to U.S. high school students, if you and your members would be interested.
We greatly appreciate any distribution you can provide for this information and please feel free to be in touch with any questions.
Tara E. Verdonk Rougle
Youth Programs Division
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)
U.S. Department of State
2200 C Street, N.W.
Building SA-5, Third Floor
Washington, D.C. 20522-0503